It’s ambitious to open a pizza restaurant that doesn’t serve gluten free food in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Unsurprisingly Rudy’s Pizza, which prides itself on an authentic neapolitan offering, addresses this very issue on its website FAQs. In a word, gluten free ain’t how they do it in Naples honey, so for those celiacs out there probably better to give this one a miss.
Since marrying into an Italian family and having a father-in-law who used to run three restaurants, I’ve eaten my fair share of pizza. Having heard a lot of hype about Rudy’s I was keen to see if it lived up to the high bar that Liz Gilbert set for Naples pizza in Eat, Pray, Love (yes that is sarcasm).
The decor was as expected a lot of exposed walls and minimalist furnishings. No bookings either, they don’t need them. There’s always a queue out of the door so get there early if you want to get seated as it’s extremely popular. It’s kind of a hipster version of the city centre’s Piccolinos, a bit of a who’s who of the NQ creative set.
The pizza itself is superb and highly deserving of it’s Trip Advisor rating. The base is beautifully chewy and soft with the toppings not overpowering the flavour of the pizza. It’s also light enough that the size doesn’t phase you and on a table of six there wasn’t so much as a scrap left on our plates.
I will be going again and very soon but will be dressed a bit cooler next time.